Sea Eagle 420x Inflatable Kayaks and Canoe Reviews
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Decent boat but not exactly what I wanted. It has treated me well for the last 3 years with no problems. It's built well from good materials. My problem is with the design and engineering of the boat. I thought the 420x would be self bailing once I unscrewed the valves. I weigh about 180 and my girlfriend weighs 110. With less than 300 pounds in the boat, with the valves unscrewed, I just sit in 4 inches of water the whole time. The only way this boat works for 2 people is as a bucket boat. Which means we constantly have to stop and drain the boat. Also, the person in the back sits about 5 inches from the water line. So the person in the back gets soaked with water and fills the boat up which leads to having to stop and drain the boat constantly. It does not perform in white water any where near my expectations. I have mixed feelings. It's just not designed very well in my opinion and sucks for white water rafting. Wish I would have bought a SOAR instead.
Thank you for the review John. The drain valves are primarily meant for whitewater use to drain the majority of the water while underway. Otherwise they should be kept closed and used to drain water fully while on shore. We would be happy to offer any advice or assistance if you call or email.
Day 1 training: This Kayak was extremely stable even in the 20 mph winds we had today. We never felt like we were tipping over even with Elton (60 lb dog) climbing back in.
We tried a few different positions starting with Elton in front, then Laurie and I was in the back. About 50 yards out Elton decided to go back to shore, jumped in and started swimming. (yes he had his life jacket on). Laurie couldn't convince him to get back in the boat so I grabbed his life jacket handle and assisted him into the middle position in front of me. Working on best position for all of us.show full review ▼
Drive up to a launch site... unpack... in 15-18 minutes we are on the water and feeling free.
I travel with my work. My wife and I say we wish we had our ski boat... the water is inviting. We now have our SeaEagle 420x with us all the time... easy to unpack, carry and maneuver.show full review ▼
We've only had one opportunity to use our Explorer 420, which was on the upper Columbia R. near Radium Hot Springs, B.C. last August (sorry, no picture). The boat was a joy to assemble, inflate and paddle, and we can't wait for spring and open water to enjoy it again - already planning trips on local lakes, as well as the Missouri R., Blackfoot R. and North Fork of the Flathead R. in Montana. I'd gladly recommend the Explorer line to others, and I'm considering your SUP and inflatable canoe. Thanks!